Paffett takes victory and points lead

Gary Paffett took a comfortable second DTM win of the season at Zandvoort to move himself into the lead of the championship

Paffett takes victory and points lead

The 2005 champion shadowed pole-sitter Oliver Jarvis in the early stages of the race, but seized the lead after the Audi driver took a trip through the grass on lap 14.

Jarvis recovered to hold position behind the Mercedes, but he did not have the pace to keep up with Paffett, who pulled away into the distance after that.

Jarvis and his Phoenix Audi team-mate Alexandre Premat then ran in a steady second and third, until their pace dropped in the latter stages, and both offered little resistance to Mattias Ekstrom who came through to take second place.

Ekstrom had been further down the order after a disastrous qualifying for the Abt Audi squad, but he was able to run a good pace on a very long first stint, and had some help from team-mates including Martin Tomczyk, who gave way to the man leading Audi's title charge.

It was not all easy for the Swede though, as shortly after his first stop he barged his way past Mercedes' Paul di Resta to take what was fifth place at the time.

Behind Ekstrom, Jarvis held off Premat for third, while Tomczyk came home fifth after a solid race, and Markus Winkelhock took advantage of making a late second pitstop to vault up the order to take sixth.

Bruno Spengler had run third in the early stages, but a late first stop did not work out for him, as cars on fresher tyres were able to leapfrog the Canadian. He had to settle for seventh, just ahead of reigning champion Timo Scheider, and his title rival from last year di Resta, who lost out during the pitstops.

Pos Driver Car Time/Gap 1. Gary Paffett Mercedes 1h05m52.688s 2. Mattias Ekstrom Audi + 1.431s 3. Oliver Jarvis Audi + 6.235s 4. Alexandre Premat Audi + 8.970s 5. Martin Tomczyk Audi + 10.984s 6. Markus Winkelhock Audi + 12.850s 7. Bruno Spengler Mercedes + 13.353s 8. Timo Scheider Audi + 13.806s 9. Paul di Resta Mercedes + 14.319s 10. Maro Engel Mercedes + 14.655s 11. Tom Kristensen Audi + 27.609s 12. Jamie Green  Mercedes + 28.778s 13. Ralf Schumacher Mercedes + 41.108s 14. Susie Stoddart Mercedes + 41.826s 15. Christian Bakkerud Audi + 1m30.699s Retirements: Mike Rockenfeller Audi 32 laps Tomas Kostka Audi 19 laps Katherine Legge Audi 17 laps Mathias Lauda Mercedes 11 laps 
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